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The Living Drylands
Oldfield, Sara (Book - 2004 )

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Deserts represent the ultimate challenge to life on Earth. Their lack of water andextreme temperatures make survival difficult for both wildlife and people, yet deserts are rich inanimal and plant life and culture. Their unique species and ancient civilizations include fragiletreasures needing protection in a rapidly changing world. Deserts are among our planet's last greatwilderness regions, and they continue to offer scientific puzzles and new discoveries. Deserts: TheLiving Drylands is a celebration of the world's least understood ecosystems. In this richlyillustrated book -- featuring 180 color photographs -- wildlife expert Sara Oldfield leads readerson a journey to some of the most remote places on earth, from the rolling sand dunes of the ArabianPeninsula's Empty Quarter to the ancient rock formations of central Australia. Deserts is both avivid inventory of spectacular images, facts, and stories and an invaluable source of reference. Itbrings to life our planet's unique arid habitats at a time when they are more in need of protectionthan ever.The book begins with a survey of deserts around the world, describing desert explorationover the centuries, the geographical distribution and diversity of deserts, their ancient andevolving landscapes, water in the desert, desert ecology and adaptations, people, and resources.Deserts then explores deserts and drylands in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and theAmericas, looking at wildlife, landforms, and traditional cultures. Finally, it focuses on thefuture of deserts, discussing conservation, desertification, the protection of desert ecosystems andlandscapes, tourism, and species conservation. The stunning landscapes and highly adaptivebiodiversity of deserts are brought to life vividly by the evocative text and dazzlingphotographs.
Authors: Oldfield, Sara
Title: Deserts
the living drylands
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. :, MIT Press,, c2004
Characteristics: 160 p. :,col. ill., col. maps ;,33 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Sara Oldfield ; photography by Bruce Coleman Collection ; foreword by Mark Rose
Contents: Deserts around the world: Centuries of exploration
Desert distribution and diversity
Ancient and evolving landscapes
Water in the desert
Desert ecology and adaptations
Desert people
Desert resources
Africa: The Sahara
Desert margins
East Africa and the Horn of Africa
Plants and animals of African deserts
The spiny forest of Madagascar
The drylands of southern Africa
The Okavango Delta - a precious wetland resource
The Namib Desert and its unique plants
The Middle East: The Arabian Desert, Empty Quarter and Yemen Highlands
Islam - religion and way of life
The Bedouin
Marsh Arabs
A network of trade routes
Dryland plants and animals
Nature conservation in Jordan
Socotra - Yemen's biodiversity jewel
Asia: The deserts of Central Asia
Extraordinary animals of Asian deserts
Management of the desert ecosystem
Conservation in the post-Soviet era
The Thar Desert
The Gobi Desert
Australia: Sand deserts and ancient landforms
Desert plants and animals
Traditional desert livelihoods
The Americas: Arizona and California
The deserts of Mexico
The coastal deserts of South America
The arid lands of Brazil
The dryland future: Conservation
Protecting desert ecosystems and landscapes
World Heritage sites
Ramsar sites
Tourism - the Grand Canyon and desert adventures
Species conservation
Sketch map of arid regions of the world
Desert species of concern
World Heritage sites located in arid environments
ISBN: 026215112X
Branch Call Number: j 577.54 O44d 2004
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